Page last updated at 11:55 GMT, Monday, 27 April 2009 12:55 UK

Belgians in Rockall broadcast bid

Greenpeace activists on Rockall
Greenpeace activists stayed on the island in 1997

A team of Belgian radio enthusiasts were due to set off for the North Atlantic islet of Rockall where they hope to make a series of broadcasts.

The volcanic rock is 100ft wide and 70ft high and a 250-mile boat trip from Stornoway on the Western Isles.

Electrical engineer Patrick Godderie is leading the expedition, which will set up a temporary home on Rockall in a specially designed shelter.

Skipper Angus Smith, from Inverness, was to take the team on the trip.

In the past Ireland, Iceland and Denmark have lain claim to the rock and to the possible huge oil and gas reserves surrounding it.

Rockall act

The earliest recorded landing on Rockall was believed to be in 1810, by an officer called Basil Hall from the HMS Endymion.

Its exact position was first charted by Royal Navy surveyor Captain ATE Vidal in 1831.

In 1972, the Isle of Rockall Act was passed, which claimed to make the rock officially part of Inverness-shire, Scotland.

UK sovereignty extends to the 12 nautical mile territorial sea around Rockall, under the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

In 1997, Greenpeace activists opposed to oil and gas exploration landed on the island, stayed for 42 days, replaced the navigational beacon with a solar-powered one and declared Rockall the sovereign territory of Waveland.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
1955: Britain claims Rockall
01 Jun 05 |  21


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific